Cuba & Maine in the News
Maine’s two U.S. senators are joining with colleagues in an effort to take away a barrier for American farmers who want to sell products to Cuba. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the proposal would help the U.S. agricultural industry by removing restrictions on private financing for the exports.
Bangor Daily News: Brunswick Event to Highlight Campaign to Fix U.S. Cuban Relations
On the agenda is the 2018 version of the Cuba Friendshipment Caravan, a Pastors for Peace project that began in 1992. The Caravan travels to Cuba every year taking people and humanitarian aid. Participants go there in support of efforts worldwide to end U.S. interference in Cuba and to end an economic embargo of the island that’s continued now for more than half a century.
Congresswoman Pingree: Blog: Historic Moment With Cuba Presents Opportunity for Maine Businesses
The U.S. embargo and the fall of the Soviet Union have meant that, for several decades now, Cuba has had to produce most of its own food without access to synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. As a result, it has developed great organic farming practices that are well aligned with the kinds of small, diverse farms that have been so successful in Maine.
Portland Press Herald: Maine's Rep. Chellie Pingree in Cuba for trade mission
Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is in Cuba where she’ll be joined by a group of American organic food producers and advocates. Pingree plans to meet Tuesday with the head of the U.S. embassy in Havana.
Maine Public: Maine Delegation: Thawing relationship with Cuba opens trade opportunities
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree both say Maine businesses should take advantage of the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations to rebuild trade with the island nation - rebuild, they say, because it was once a robust relationship.
These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked,” said President Obama. “It’s time for a new approach.” That approach actually started with a Maine trade mission in 2005 with then Governor John Ellis Baldacci. The State helped the sale of agricultural products to Cuba, including prized cattle from Waldo County, on behalf of Maine businesses.
In a move that indicates a further relaxation of U.S. travel restrictions on Cuba, Maine’s Bangor International Airport has been licensed to service foreign aircraft on non-traffic transit stops en route to or from Cuba.
Maine Public: Cuba
Maine Public's CEO Mark Vogelzang and nearly 20 Mainers experienced Cuba together at a particularly pivotal time; the U.S. has reopened its Embassy and cultural travel for Americans, and the Cuban government and institutions are changing in response to the freedom of the Internet and the death of their revolutionary heroes, Fidel Castro.
Portland Press Herald: USM students head to Cuba in first-of-its-kind trip for UMaine System
In a first-of-its-kind excursion, two groups of University of Southern Maine students will depart Tuesday for Cuba in hopes of learning more about the communist island nation’s tourism and healthcare industries.